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Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 16:16:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A new report says seafood fraud is as bad for conservation efforts as it is for the consumer. Seafood fraud, the practice by which a customer pays for a specific species of fish yet ends up with something different on their plate, is getting more media attention than ever before. DNA tests have shown that in more than 25% of all seafood purchases customers are not being served what they paid for.

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Rare butterfly flying high again

Rare butterfly flying high again

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 10:06:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

Local biodiversity action plan good news for rare butterfly. One of the UK's rarest butterflies is making a comeback thanks to a project by the Forestry Commission. The Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, recognisable by the white 'pearls' on the tips of its wings, was once a common sight in the south English countryside.

Rare butterfly flying high again

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:55:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

''Sat-nav'' to be used in new seabird programme to track birds around Europe's Atlantic coastline. The project, known as FAME - the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment - is tracking the movements of seabirds to pinpoint areas that are important for these ocean travellers. This knowledge should assist the selection of marine protected areas which are vital for the survival of seabird species.

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 00:00:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

May 22 was proclaimed as the International Day of Biodiversity (IDB) by the United Nations. 2011 is also the UN International Year of Forests, and hence forest biodiversity has been chosen by the UN as the theme for this years' IDB.

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Posted Sat, 21 May 2011 21:05:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Insect mediated pollination is a service provided by nature. The estimated economic value of this service stands at 15 billion euros per year in the EU. Moreover, many wild plant species, which characterise our natural and also cultural landscapes, depend on insect pollination.

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

Posted Fri, 20 May 2011 12:22:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Research shows rare species of butterflies are showing signs of recovery yet a reduction in funding could harm conservation efforts. The data comes from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, the largest of its kind in the world which is run by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 18:27:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Indonesia's president signs a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions, expected to be signed on January 1. The decree was part of a $1 billion deal with Norway to protect Indonesia's natural forests and peatlands. Indonesia's forests, like the Amazon, are some of the world's last tropical rainforests, and some of the world's most diverse ecosystems.

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The city of Brantford, Ontario, has captured the attention of the world by becoming the first city in Canada to call a halt to the trade in shark fins. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that around 73 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins. The majority of the fins are taken using barbaric methods where the shark is thrown back into the ocean alive and without its fin.

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 22:03:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

A new plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to coordinate management of white nose syndrome, a deadly disease killing bats. The plan provides a framework for investigating and responding to white nose syndrome, outlining who is responsible for which activities, and how they will coordinate their efforts.

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 21:08:21 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Species with low populations can still be saved. These species, such as the Siberian tiger and mountain gorilla, were thought by some scientists to be 'too rare to save'. Some of the world's most endangered species exist in populations far smaller than previous studies had argued were necessary for survival.

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Bees Need Pods

Bees Need Pods

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 16:57:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Bees get refuelling stations with drinks of sugary water. Bees are dying all over the world in a terrible phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. According to the book - A World without Bees, bee colonies are being wiped out and nobody is quite sure why. You want to help, but what do you do?

Bees Need Pods

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Posted Sun, 15 May 2011 23:00:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

In recent days, WWF and Greenpeace issued a call for the suspension of bluefin fishery in the Mediterranean, as tuna boats headed for the Libyan waters for the fishing season due to open Sunday 15th May. It looks like the Mediterranean tuna fleet is likely to exploit the possibility of unregulated hauls in Libyan waters.

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Posted Sun, 15 May 2011 18:26:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

One-fifth of all vertebrate species worldwide are threatened with extinction and many have undergone declines. Several rabbit species also face similar circumstances and have become increasingly threatened with habitat loss.

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 20:52:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Existing protected areas are inadequate in safeguarding turtles from fishing nets, a new study has found. This is the first comprehensive tracking study of olive ridley turtles during the nesting season, using satellite transmitters to follow 18 female turtles.

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 11:08:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new report by TRAFFIC finds that that the illegal trade of bears in Asia is continuing unabated. The poaching of bears in Asia is driven mainly by the increasing demand for their bile. Bear bile is used as a key ingredient in many traditional medicines, sold commonly as pills, powders and flakes.

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Bog turtles, tiny fen-dwelling reptiles found at scattered sites in the north-east and eastern US, are being hit by a mysterious decline in numbers. Now the Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) has partnered with other wildlife agencies to track the scope of the problem, and try and find out why North America's smallest turtle is coming under renewed threat.

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

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Anti-poaching drones: the answer!

Posted Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:40:02 GMT by Julie Cook

Green turtles need help

Posted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Stork Renaissance

Posted Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Good news for newts' DNA

Posted Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Posted Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Greening our oceans?

Posted Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Simply red (squirrel) is better

Posted Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

Posted Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

Posted Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Saving the Jaguar

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:00:00 GMT by John Dean

Protecting the 'known unknowns' from extinction

Posted Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Sharks worth much more alive than dead

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 21:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:51:00 GMT by John Dean

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

International community to fight toothfish pirates

Posted Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:58:04 GMT by Lucy Brake

Project AWARE: Active in the oceans of the world

Posted Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:02:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Trade in bushmeat decimating Tanzanian forests

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:27:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier